Join Date: Feb 2010
Drives: 2004 Optima 2.4 EX, 2005 Yamaha R1 (street) 2001 GSXR 1000 (track)
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Definitely replace the tensioner with the belt. The water pump is up to you. You'll find a lot of different opinions on this one. One side is "you're already in there" or "better safe than sorry". The other is that the water pump is a powertrain item. Meaning that IF you still have powertrain coverage (10 year/100K- original first owner, or certified pre-owned), if the water pump were to fail between the 60K mile timing belt replacement and the 100K mile mark, it should be covered. Then you can replace it at the next scheduled timing belt replacement (120K).
As far a replacing the belt or just driving it, REPLACE IT!! Whether you do it, or a friend, or the dealership, the cost of the replacement is cheap and simple when compared to replacing valves/heads/pistons/etc..